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24 May 2022
A.F. Steadman visits the Junior School

52A.F. Steadman (Annabel) is the author of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, a brand-new, bestselling fantasy novel: The story follows thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith in a world of heroes, elemental magic, sky battles, ancient secrets and ferocious unicorns.

It was a delight to host Annabel’s visit with the P5 class on the 17th of May in Junior School Hall. Ms Elder read the prologue in their library lessons, so they were brimming with questions about unicorns! Annabel read an early chapter of the book, before telling us about how she got into writing after initially training as a lawyer. She had the idea for 'Skandar' eight years before she wrote the book! Annabel talked about the difference between 'nice' unicorns and the ones that appear in the book - they're a little bit more blood-thirsty...

She showed P5 how the publishers came up with the cover design for the book and talked about how to write a fantasy world or story. From deciding what magic works best for the world (in Skandar, the elements are magical, and so are the animals!), to the setting of the story (a detailed map at the front of the book helps us know where we are) to the characters – we all came away buzzing with creative writing ideas! P5s finished up with a mini quiz to help decide what magical element they felt most 'aligned' to (and a firm decision from the classes that Ms Elder is a 'Water' element).

Annabel answered questions from the group before personalising books for the students. We can't wait to read this epic fantasy adventure. Thank you to Annabel and our friends at The Edinburgh Bookshop for the spirited event!

Catherine McFall, Library Assistant

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